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Pressure Group Opposes Split of Kyegegwa District

Kyegegwa District currently comprises Kyaka North and Kyaka South counties. However, a group of elders in the district and the area Members of Parliament – MPs have already presented different proposals to Kyegegwa District Council seeking creation of more constituencies.
A map by Kyegegwa elders showing location of their proposed counties.
 A pressure group, Kyaka at Heart Activists, has written to President Kaguta Museveni, rejecting the proposed creation of more counties in Kyegegwa district.     

Kyegegwa District currently comprises Kyaka North and Kyaka South counties. However, a group of elders in the district and the area Members of Parliament – MPs have already presented different proposals to Kyegegwa District Council seeking creation of more constituencies. 

The elders have proposed the creation of two more two counties including Kyaka Mid-North and Kyaka Mid-south to make four counties.   

The elders group, which is led by the Kyegegwa District Service Commission Chairperson, Keith Kalisa has already produced a map of the proposed counties, a copy of which URN has seen. 

According to the map, Kyaka North will be comprised of Sub Kigambo, Hapuyo, Nkaakwa, Kasule Sub-counties and Hapuyo Town Council.   

  

Kyaka Mid-North will be comprised of Migongwe, Kakabara, Kyatega sub-counties and Town Councils of Kakabara and Kyegegwa. For Kyaka Mid-South, they say it should be made up of Kyegegwa, Mpar sub-counties and Mpara Town Council.  

The elders add that Kyaka South should include Sub Counties of Ruyonza, Nkanja, Rwentuha, Migamba and Kazinga Town Council, saying that the new counties will improve on service delivery in the district.

But the MPs, Jackson Kafuuka of Kyaka South and Paul Asaba of Kyaka North are also pushing for the creation Kyaka Central.   They say that this extra county should be made up of Sub Counties of Nkenja, Kyegegwa, Migangwe, Kyategwa and Town Councils of Kyegegwa and Kakabara.

The proposals have since stirred anger among the residents.

John Alinaitwe Kagaba, the taskforce leader says that all these proposals are meant to fulfil the selfish interests of those behind them and not for the betterment of Kyegegwa as a whole. They argue that the district is currently faced with a number of challenges like poor health services, lack of schools, lack of water, poor access roads, insecurity and others, which they expect their leaders to be working hard to solve other further fragmentation of the district.  

“Kyegegwa will develop because the available political positions are spending to serve the people of Kyegegwa. So our humble call is to reject any proposal seeking implementing individual interests not community challenges like unemployment and others mentioned,” reads part of the letter dated June 19.

Currently, those behind the two proposals are consulting the Kyegegwa population and will report back to the district council in August.